Book Design Category

Entry Title:

Architectural Decoration: Negotiating symbols across time and place


Professional Book Design



Design Director:

Jesvin Yeo

Design Team:

Charissa Ho, Wong Weiloong


Designing Cultures Studio, Nanyang Technological University


Basheer Graphic Books

Individual Credit:

Jesvin Yeo, Design Director, Designing Cultures Studio, Nanyang Technological University

Individual Credit:

Charissa Ho, Illustrator, Designing Cultures Studio

Individual Credit:

Wong Wei Loong , Design Researcher, Designing Cultures Studio


Designing Cultures Studio, SG


Nanyang Technological University, SG

In a new age of digital-books, this publication offers a neat analogue take on scrolling through a flowing roll of texts. With a stunning array of 225 bamboo strips measuring 4.35 meters in total scroll length, interpretations are given to images that have been archived from three temples in Singapore, built between the 19th and 20th century, as they are given symbolic readings. As a limited-edition collection, it is designed in the form of ancient Chinese palatial scrolls, to elicit the vibes of cultural imageries, as might have been similar visceral experiences felt then, in rituals of reading and pursuits of all things cultural and meaningfully endearing.